SpaceX delivers Blue Canyon built GNOMES-3 microsat to orbit for PlanetiQ
by Staff Writers
Lafayette CO (SPX) Apr 07, 2022
Small satellite manufacturer and mission services provider Blue Canyon Technologies LLC ("BCT" or "Blue Canyon"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, hsa announced the successful launch of GNOMES-3, aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 Transporter-4 mission on April 1.
GNOMES-3 is an ESPA-class microsat spacecraft bus, which Blue Canyon manufactured for PlanetiQ. BCT provided the microsatellite bus and Gen3 avionics for the rideshare mission. The program uses an innovative way to help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration refine weather models.
When GPS signals travel through the atmosphere, they are refracted like light bent through a lens. Looking at the refracted GPS signals, PlanetiQ can determine the density and moisture content of the atmosphere to improve weather predictions.
"GNOMES-3 is an outstanding spacecraft we have built for PlanetiQ, continuing our strong relationship and demonstrating BCT's ability to deliver spacecraft with exceptionally accurate pointing," said Stephen Steg, CEO of Blue Canyon Technologies. "PlanetiQ's use of a highly accurate spacecraft has enabled their high performing radio occultation instrument to make outstanding measurements.
BCT's mission operations team made initial contact with the spacecraft just after launch and confirmed the spacecraft is healthy and operating nominally. Bus commissioning was rapid with 90% of functions completed within a day, and the payload powered on and operating nominally within 4 days of launch.
GNOMES-3 joins GNOMES-2 on-orbit and is expected to achieve cutting edge radio occultation measurements. Spacecraft operations will be performed at BCT's Mission Operations Center, which will be operating 15 spacecraft by the end of 2022. This launch is BCT's 33rd spacecraft to successfully operate on-orbit.
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